Advertisement

A mind-blowingly sensual Spanish red

2015 La Dama This sensational Spanish red possesses elemental power and uncommon grace, says Matthew Jukes.

918-wine-2015-La-Dama

2015 La Dama, Domaines Lupier, Navarra, Spain£156 for a case of six bottles, under bond, Berry Bros. & Rudd, 0800-280 2440, BBR.com

Due to land in the UK this side of Christmas, the new release of La Dama is utterly sensational. I gave it one of the highest-ever scores for a red Spanish wine when I tasted it and its 2014 vintage brother (£34.95, BBR.com) side by side the other day and they both looked sublime.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Owner Elisa car poured her wines wearing the widest grin imaginable. She knows just how good they are, but they are so precise and so esoteric that I imagine the general public might find it easier and less challenging to plump for Rioja or Ribera del Duero than the gems found in the Domaines Lupier cellar.

Made from dramatic, mountainside plots of garnacha, La Dama possesses elemental power and uncommon grace. I noted down the words "sonorous, pure, actively juicy, deeply mineral and epic balance" in my notes as I dived into these wines. My mind was reeling with intense pleasure and this mood stayed with me through hundreds of other dreary wines that day.

Elisa and her agronomist partner Enrique Basarte have rescued 27 small parcels of high-altitude garnacha, some of which date back to 1903. They think these old vines show the "savage" side of this incredible grape and they are exactly right. The wildness and authenticity of these wines is astounding. I recommend you grab a bottle of 2014 to check we are on the same page and then order as much 2015 as you can afford. It is a mind-blowingly sensual wine.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/519374/the-top-festive-tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Visit/investments/alternative-investments/601381/vintage-champagne-an-effervescent-asset
Advertisement Feature

Vintage champagne: an effervescent asset

SPONSORED CONTENT – Amidst the financial stresses and strains of various global financial crises, canny investors have identified vintage champagne as…
22 May 2020
Visit/spending-it/wine/601382/wine-of-the-week-the-masters-of-merlot
Wine

Wine of the week: the masters of merlot

Leave your expensive clarets in the cellar and crack on with this terrific wine, says Matthew Jukes.
22 May 2020
Visit/spending-it/wine/601308/wine-of-the-week-a-pulse-quickening-sherry
Wine

A pulse-quickening sherry

Matthew Jukes tastes a bone dry, palate-invigorating, sharply tangy sherry.
15 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit/investments/investment-strategy/601387/how-john-maynard-keynes-learned-the-folly-of-market-timing
Investment strategy

How John Maynard Keynes learned the folly of market timing

In an extract from his book The Sceptical Investor, John Stepek explains how the great economist John Maynard Keynes came a cropper when he first star…
25 May 2020
Visit/investments/stockmarkets/emerging-markets/601362/a-new-lease-of-life-for-the-brics
Emerging markets

A new lease of life for the Brics

Emerging markets are having a surprisingly good crisis. Their long-predicted rise will now continue.
24 May 2020
Visit/investments/investment-strategy/601379/battling-volatility-the-benefits-of-an-active-manager
Sponsored

Battling volatility: The benefits of an active manager

SPONSORED CONTENT – Alastair Wilson, managing director of Close Brothers, on the advantages of active investing in times of crisis.
21 May 2020